The exhibition/artist residency, 12×12 at First Park: Pondering Smarter Consumption, is going swimmingly, thanks for askin’! 

Just last week,  Mario Chamorro, Catalina Parra, and Pablo Gnecco put together a Happiness Lab, a project described by Chamorro as a tool to “create social experiments through art to explore and visualize how people use their own happiness to develop sustainable communities." 

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(image via Happiness Lab)

The Happiness Lab included a "Happiness Network,” which traced the locations of visitors’ happy memories within the neighborhood. 

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(Isaac Joseph from The29 teaching a “Mindful State of Being Workshop” under the Happiness Network. Image via Happiness Lab

On Saturday August 17th, the former United Nations Ambassador of Iraq, Dr. T. Hamid Al-Bayati, visited the Happiness Lab and gave an inspirational talk about his personal journey and the importance of happiness. 

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(image via Happiness Lab)


Sabrina Tee of the Happiness Lab muses on her experience with the installation: “One of my favourite interactions was with this woman who described the happiness movement as a "vortex”, a force that gains power as it gets larger. I had previously heard of metaphors such as the ripple effect or each person being a drop of water that can lead to a tsunami of change, but this simple yet powerful metaphor truly stuck with me.“

The Happiness Lab wrapped up on August 18th, but there are still two more 12×12 installations you can catch!

Currently occupying our FIrst Park location is the musician Jonathan Koh, who is creating a hybridization of classical techniques and synthesized music that explores how ambience can draw listeners into a space.

Coming up next week, the 12×12 will host NYC-based performance artist Shawn "The Puru” Shafner of the POOP Project. Shawn invites visitors to clean out their closet and make space for meaning by turning the 12×12 into a clothing donation station and creating a collaborative latch-hook rug.

More info on these installations at the 12×12 Tumblr.

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